Oct 24, 2010

Quitting WoW

Life has gotten way too busy. There's no way I can keep playing, I will not be updating this anymore unless I find enough free time to come back to the game.

Happy Shredding!

Oct 14, 2010

4.0 Changes: The New Guide at level 80

So 4.0.X finally dropped and feral dps is in the crapper. When I get some free time I'll sit down and write up how we can not suck quite as bad.

Happy Shredding!

Oct 6, 2010

4.0 Class Changes

It won't be long at all till 4.0 drops. In fact, it will probably be next week. The guide and many of the things on Happy Shredding will be out of date. Please be patient as we figure everything out. Its not going to be quick.

Feral DPS on the PTR is not even raid viable. If the patch really comes out next week and feral hasn't been fixed, we will likely be worthless. The reason for this is because our two best stats, ArP and FAP (Feral Attack Power) are being removed from the game. While ArP is being replaced by crit rating, FAP is not being replaced. I'm not sure how blizzard intends to balance this, but if they don't it will be dark times for our spec.

Happy Shredding!

Sep 26, 2010

Creating an Effective User Interface

Some have asked about my UI. Specifically, what does it look like, and how to create a decent one. I aim to solve both issues in this post.

1. What does my UI look like?

Becaue I would have to reformat all of happyshredding to fit my 1920x1080 screenshot in the margins, here are two external links:

Out of Combat

In Combat

Using these addons:
A. Addon Control Panel
B. Bad Kitty (I disable all parts of this addon except the shred counter)
C. Bartender4
D. Deadly Boss Mods
E. DocsCorporeality (just picked this up, not in the screenshot but useful for Halion)
F. FeralbyNight (I've talked about this before on the blog. I disable everything except the melee stats frame and the time till boss kill.)
G. kgPanels (this is used for the forest background at the bottom of my screen. Here is a link on how to use it.)
H. Omen
I. PowerAuras
J. Prat 3.0
K. Quartz
L. Recount
M. SexyMap
N. TipTac
O. X-perl Unit Frames

A simple google search should produce places to download these mods.

2. How should I create my UI?

One's UI is a really personal thing, however there are several things to keep in mind:

I. Everyone one needs Recount, Omen, PowerAuras, DBM and Unit Frames (there are other addons with the same functionality and they will do just fine)

II. You should bind all abilities to a keyboard button. If you are clicking your abilities are you gimping your play. While many good players are clickers, you simply can't argue that it is optimal. If you have to turn quickly you must turn using your mouse, which means you have to give up dps because you can't click. If you don't use your mouse to turn, you'll probably die from a boss mechanic frequently. I use a Belkin n52te, this allows me to bind all my abilities and never lift my hands in combat. If you don't use a gaming pad, I suggest keybinds like this.

III. If you are a healer, a setup like this one is required (stolen from a guildie), and for everyone else, its useful to put everything you need to see in one place. I, however, have gained enough experiance with the feral rotation, that I rarely watch my timers, I can keep them in my head very effectively. Because of this, I put them off to the side, so I can better view the boss mechanics. I only recommend this for experienced players.

Happy Shredding!

Sep 25, 2010

Feral Tanking BiS List

My offspec is feral tanking, and therefore, it may be useful to post the tanking BiS list. Since it's been requested, here we go:

Offspec Tanking List:
Weapon: [Oathbinder, Charge of the Ranger-General] (LK 25HM)
Head: [Sanctified Lasherweave Headguard]
Shoulders: [Sanctified Lasherweave Shoulderpads]
Chest: [Ikfirus's Sack of Wonder] (25HM Gunship)
Back: [Sentinel's Winter Cloak] (Frost Badges)
Neck: [Bile-Encrusted Medallion] (25HM Rotface)
Legs: [Sanctified Lasherweave Legguards]
Hands: [Sanctified Lasherweave Handgrips]
Bracers: [Toskk's Maximized Wristguards] (25HM Saurfang)
Belt: [Astrylain's Sutured Cinch] (25HM Putricide)
Boots: [Frostbitten Fur Boots] (25HM Marrowgar).
Ring 1: [Devium's Eternally Cold Ring] (25HM Dreamwalker)
Ring 2: [Abomination's Bloody Ring] (10HM Gunship)
Trinket 1: [Unidentifiable Organ] (10HM Putricide)
Trinket 2: [Sindragosa's Flawless Fang] (25HM Sindragosa)

Soon to come:
What my UI looks like, and how to set it up!

Happy Shredding!

Aug 28, 2010

New Look!

You may have noticed the site has a new look!

The old layout was a little boring, so I made it look a little better. I'm a fan of simple, clean, webpages. I think the new look still fits that description, but isn't quite so boring.

Happy Shredding!

Aug 4, 2010

Feral DPS BiS List

Here's a list of our Best in Slot gear now that the Ruby Sanctum info has been out for a few weeks:

BiS list
Head: [Sanctified Lasherweave Headguard]
Neck: [Sindragosa's Cruel Claw] (Sindy 25HM)
Shoulders: [Sanctified Lasherweave Shoulderpads]
Back: [Shadowvault Slayer's Cloak] (Gunship 25HM)
Chest: [Sanctified Lasherweave Raiment]
Wrist: [Toskk's Maximized Wristguards] (Saurfang 25 HM)
Hands: [Aldriana's Gloves of Secrecy] (Rotface 25HM)
Waist: [Astrylian's Sutured Cinch] (Putricide 25 HM)
Legs: [Sanctified Lasherweave Legguards]
Feet: [Frostbitten Fur Boots] (Marrowgar 25HM)
Ring 1: [Frostbrood Sapphire Ring] (Dreamwalker 25HM)
Ring 2: [Ashen Band of Endless Vengeance]
Trinket 1: [Deathbringer's Will] (Saurfang 25HM)
Trinket 2: [Sharpened Twilight Scale] (Halion 25HM)
Weapon: [Oathbinder, Charge of the Ranger-General] (LK 25HM)
Relic: [Idol of the Crying Moon] (Frost Emblems)

Happy Shredding!